Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Update on My Daughter
After goofing off for part of the day yesterday, I did finally manage to get a new batch of small format underpaintings going. I should have done more and would like to today but will have to wait until tomorrow.
Today, Doug and I are taking our youngest child, Ginger, to Syracuse to visit the diabetes clinic where she is treated. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in August and we have settled into our new lifestyle fairly well since then. Ginger has taken over all her own blood sugar testing, and knows what to do if it is too low (eat something), or too high (exercise-jumping rope is good, or get a unit or two of insulin). She knows how to draw up a shot and can give it to herself, however mostly we do it. She has the rest of her life to give herself insulin. I bought her a pink sparkly shoulder bag for her test kit and she carries it, as well as a snack bag, with her everywhere she goes. Her friends know a lot about diabetes now, as well as everyone at school. EVERYONE has been so awesome and supportive and we feel so lucky. I have overheard her friends asking what her number is after she tests herself, and while we haven't allowed her to have any overnights since she was diagnosed, many of her friend's parents have offered to learn the basics and about how to give her a shot. Hearing these offers makes my eyes tear up, but we haven't taken anyone up on it yet. Still seems like a lot to throw at someone, you know? We have her friends at our house more now, and Ginger has also been able to keep up with all of her physical activities; soccer, basketball, jump rope club, so she keeps busy. Anyway, Ginger loves attention, and the very minute she feels the symptoms of low blood sugar, she tells someone, anyone, everyone. A previously irritating habit has turned out to be a big plus in this situation, this girl will never quietly slip into a diabetic coma.....
So we have folded all of this into our daily lives and have moved on. We have done a ton of reading and have found a book whose outlook we really appreciate, so that has become our main reference. We still have our fears for Ginger, especially for her health in the future, but I deal with that by telling myself that she is ok, today, and that I will worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.
That works most of the time, but I have my days.